Details Emerge on Relationship of Toscanos, Assault Suspect
The Toscano family, photo courtesy of http://davidtoscano.com
New details are emerging about the connection between VA Delegate David Toscano's family and the woman police say attacked his wife.
Thursday, the Toscano family released details through public relations firm Payne, Ross & Associates about how they came to know the suspect in the case , Claire Ogilvie.
According to the statement, Toscano's wife, Nancy Tramontin, met Ogilvie in the fall of 2010 while participating in a Semester at Sea voyage. Ogilvie tutored the Toscanos' son. Tramontin helped Ogilvie when she moved to Charlottesville in 2011, including her in family holidays and other events. It was in 2012 when she became concerned Ogilvie had developed an “unsettling interest” in the Toscano family. They cut ties by the fall of 2012.
Ogilvie is facing three charges in connection with an attack at the Toscano's home Monday night – including entering a house armed, abduction and malicious wounding. She is currently being held without bond.
Tramontin is recovering from the attack. The statement says the incident highlights the complexity and challenge of mental health issues, which affect the whole community.
Ogilvie is currently being held at Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. Her next court date is set for March 27.
Payne, Ross & Associates Statement Press Statement
Nancy Tramontin Regarding the Attack on 2/24/2014
Charlottesville, VA--February 27, 2014--Nancy Tramontin met Claire Ogilvie in the fall of 2010, when the Toscano family participated in a Semester at Sea voyage. Semester at Sea is a shipboard program for global study, operated by a nonprofit sponsored by the University of Virginia. Ms. Ogilvie was not an employee, but was a “lifelong learner” on the program. She befriended Nancy and David’s son, tutoring him during the voyage.
The Toscanos and Ms. Ogilvie became friends over the course of the voyage, and after they returned Claire moved to Charlottesville early in 2011. Nancy helped Ms. Ogilvie settle in, including her in family holidays, and community events and generally trying to welcome her to the community.
In 2012, Nancy became concerned that Ms. Ogilvie had developed an unsettling interest in the Toscano family. The family reduced their contact, beginning in the early summer, and saw her for the last time in fall 2012. Before the attack, Nancy and the Toscanos had not seen Ms. Ogilvie in over a year. Nancy and the Toscano family are still reeling from this incident, and appreciate all the love and support that has been sent their way. Throughout this their number one priority has been their son. They ask for continued privacy during the ongoing investigation as they try to recover from the attack. This incident highlights the complexity and challenge of mental health issues, which affect our whole community and require a community response.
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